Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Foods - Greek Pitas (My Way)

Friday has blessed us with it's presence again, oh yeah.  It's supposed to be a raining weekend here, so I think we'll be keeping it simple and low stress.  We want to get a few small projects finished up, the bathroom (rolls eyes), that we've been putting off for a while.  I also have a bunch of things I want to get done in the studio this weekend.  I can't wait to do some creating.

But enough about our plans, lets get to the FOOD.  This week I have one of our favorite dishes, Greek Pitas.  Now, I won't be making claim that these are authentic or anything, they are just how we make them.  They are delicious  I can tell you that.

Now I've already shared my yummy Tzatziki sauce with you, if you have not seen it, click here for that recipe.  It's yummy.

And this is what the spread usually looks like in our house for pita night.  We set up the pitas sort of like you would for taco bar.  That way you can put what your want and how much you would like on your pita.  They are wonderful.

We get awesome pita pockets we get from the local grocery store.  They are yummy.  Maybe someday I'll be brave enough to try and make pitas from scratch.

We also have a variety of veggies and toppings.  Here are some ideas for veggies you can use:
~ tomatoes
~ cucumbers
~ Kalamata olives
~ black olives
~ red onion
~ lettuce
~ hummus (this isn't a veggie, but it's delicious on a pita).

And don't forget the Feta cheese, or you can be like us and use a locally produced goat cheese.  We use goat cheese because most Feta cheese in the United States is made with cow's milk, making it a lot more bland then imported Feta.  So I suggest either buying imported cheese or if you want to support local farmers, like we do, buy goat cheese.

So what are you waiting for, go out and make some delicious pitas tonight.

Ingredients for dressing

~ 1 half lime (the other half can be used for your Tzatziki sauce)
~ 1/4 c white vinegar
~ 2 tbs sugar
~ 1/2 tsp kosher salt
~ 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
~ freshly ground pepper
~ 3-5 fresh pealed garlic cloves
~ 1/4 tsp oregano
~ 1/4 tsp basil
~ pinch of dill
~ 1 c canola oil (I've used olive oil as well)
~ 1/2 c goat cheese

1. Add everything except the oil and cheese in a blender, food processor, or tall container if using an immersion blender.
2. Blend everything until smooth.
3. While the blender is one, slowly add the oil.
4. Turn off the blender, and add the cheese.  Hit the pulse button until the dressing is the consistence you're looking for.  Shorter if you would like cheese chunks, longer if you want a smooth dressing.

This recipe is adapted from Our Best Bites.   

I like to blend the dressing until it is really smooth and there are no visible chunks of cheese.  I also have been known to add a little more red pepper for a bit of a bite.  You can also make this dressing with lemon juice, as is in the original recipe, but with some experimenting we like the how the lime juice tastes.

Directions for Pita
1. Marinade your meat choice with the Greek dressing (we use soy chicken strips).  I normally let it sit for about a half an hour, but you can let it sit for as long as you would like.
2. Grill the meat.
3. Lightly grill pittas until soft
4. Add all your veggies, meat and Tzatziki sauce to the pitas
5. Enjoy


Don't forget to stop by my other blog, Three Fates Design, for today's Freebie Friday.  You can pick up this adorable Halloween paper craft.

Have a fantastic weekend.


Rose said...

What a fun idea to have a pita bar instead of a taco bar! I'll have to try that sometime.

Reeni Pisano said...

What delicious pitas! Love them with goat cheese!